Ahh, September is here and the Autumn make up releases are now in full swing. I love the darker hues and lit from within bases as we approach the colder months. I must remind myself to back away from the light pink lipsticks and embrace the darker, more berry tones. Break the cycle Kate.
Clarins have just released their Autumn collection and as you can see, I have a few things to discuss today.
True Radiance Foundation* in 103 Ivory - I believe this foundation was limited edition a few years back and they've since revamped the packaging and brought it out in time for autumn. It is a very dewy foundation and is light reflecting to give a luminosity to the skin. I definitely think this foundation is much more suited to the drier skinned gals as I find I do have to powder quite a bit throughout the day as my skin is much oiler, especially down the t-zone. I think this would work fabulously with maturer skin too as it's not only moisturising but gives the skin a radiant boost. Coverage wise, I'd say it was a light to medium coverage and the consistency is quite thick and takes a little bit of working into the skin. I think the shade I have is a smidge too light for me at the moment but when I'm less tan I think it'll be a good match. True Radiance comes in 10 different shades so there is a good variety. I think it applies much better, for me anyway by using my hands and blending it throughly. Another note is that it's quite a fragrant base as it smells of cucumber which I actually quite like but those with sensitive skin may need to bare this in mind.
Instant Light Perfecting Base* - I love a good eye primer and this offering from Clarins works wonders underneath eyeshadow. I often worry about creasing and the eyeshadow wearing off after a long day - I mean, it's not the greatest look is it? 'Just call me crinkled eyes!' This is great because it not only gives the eyeshadow something to grip to but it also works well at creating a smooth, clean canvas for the shadow. A little goes a long way, I find the tiniest blob covers both eyes and it blends really easily too before setting.
Rouge Eclait Lipstick* in Candy Rose - The 'age-defying' lipstick that includes Vitamin E for protection and plant extracts for instant comfort. What I love about this lipstick is the scent, blackberry and liquorice which smells heavenly and you can really taste it upon application. It's like nothing I've come across in a lipstick before. The shade I have is what I like to call "My Mum's Shade" (no doubt this will end up in her stash!) which is a purple/berry toned pink that is a great go-between shade for those who aren't brave enough for a deep berry for autumn. The lipstick is very smooth and extremely nourishing on the lips, almost like a lip balm. I love the formula of these and with 20 shades to chose from you can't really go wrong.
Ombre Matte Eyeshadows* in Nude Beige, Nude Rose & Rosewood - These intrigued me from the get-go with their cream to powder formula. I found these weren't as creamy as I'd imagined and turned to powder pretty quickly. I found that these worked well both with a dense, flatter brush and also my fingers for a more opaque, deeper build up of colour. The two lighter shades, Nude Beige and Nude Rose are very much base colours, they give a subtle wash of colour over the lids. I particularly like Rosewood as it's the darkest of the three and found this worked well in the crease. In the pan, it seemed a lot more of a taupe shade but translated a little more grey on the lids. They're great matte shades that blend easily and last well on the eyes. I'd say they are mainly matte powder eyeshadows with less cream than advertised.
So there you have my thoughts on the latest release from Clarins, a brand that's fast becoming a favourite in my eyes. The autumn collection is great, very natural with some warmer, deeper tones involved.
What Clarins products are you loving?
Love, Kate xo
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